Thursday, 31 January 2008

Monday, 28 January 2008

More on (or "moron") Arrangements of Phonemes that Are Not Words

I've covered the non-words, "pundant" and "unethema". I'm going to continue this subject with something I've been hearing a lot lately, and heard just today in an advert on the Rush Limbaugh show.
"Verbage"--I reckon, from the context in which it is used, that what is meant is "verbiage" (begging the question, "is there no such thing as quality control and/or editing anymore?").
A related mispronunciation: "folage", when what is meant is "foliage". These aren't difficult words, and among "educated" people, there's no excuse for sloppy speech.

Saturday, 26 January 2008

Boeing and Lockheed Martin Team-Up to Win Airforce Bomber Contract

The U.S. Airforce needs a new long-range bomber by 20018. The Airforce's desired specs for the plane are still are being determined. In the race to win the contract, Boeing and Lockheed Martin have joined together to develop the project. Together, they are competing with Northrop Grumman, an American company that also wants to build the defense airplane.

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Election 2008: the Choice is FREEDOM or "Free Stuff"

When Senator Clinton shrieks to an audience, with her Hitlerian delivery (read a few lines in pedantic, near-hysterical tone, wait for scripted applause; read a few more...) that she is going to give everyone free health-care and freeze the foreclosure of their houses, it sounds like a desperate attempt to acquire votes. And, because there is no way to guarantee those things, she cannot deliver them. Yesterday we commemorated a man who said that what matters is not the color of one's skin, but the content of their character. That's something the Clintons, despite their claims to the contrary, will never understand, because they don't have any. So, to thwart Senator Obama's quest for the presidency, they will continue to try to denigrate him and promise things to unwitting voters that they can't bring to fruition. Beware if they do, though, because what they're intending to create in the United States is a quid pro quo: you give up your freedom, and they give you "free stuff". Think the current climate of Homeland Security is invasive and oppressive? Just wait till Senator Clinton shows her hand....
UPDATE: The word is out: Senator Clinton, if elected president, would have all Americans submit to the subcutaneous insertion of a "chip", by which they can all be tracked. If that's not invasive, oppressive and intrusive, then what is? It depends on what the meaning of "is" is, I reckon--to quote former President Bill Clinton!

Sunday, 20 January 2008

Ray Price: Born January 12th, 1926: Reprise Post

People are still mimicking Ray Price's style: walking bass, fiddle, beautiful vocal harmonies and pedal steel guitar.


I don't have to say much about Ray Price and the Cherokee Cowboys--when this webpage says it all. Though I wish the site would play some of Ray's older music with fiddle and steel guitar, instead of For the Good Times, which, comparatively speaking, is a dirge.

Ray Price is now eighty-two years old. On the website, there is a link to the story, "Hank & Ray", about his professional and personal relationship with Hank Williams.

Ray's 80th Birthday in Texas

Continued: People in Small Planes Dropping Like Flies from the Skies: UPDATE

UPDATE, MARCH 30th, 2008: Small Plane Crashes Outside of London, Killing Six People

Photo KABC, Los Angeles
The Latest Incident, Los Angeles; January 20th

Small Plane Crash in Florida Kills Five

Taking yourself out this way is one thing, but destroying property and uninvolved people on the ground is quite another....

We hear about these incidents way too often. Not only luminaries like JFK Jr. and Senator Wellstone do it, but those of whom we've never heard--good people who are trusting, and whose faith in the process is based on very little reality when it comes to traveling with amateur pilots in little private planes. The latest tragedy is a group of dissident Russian Orthodox people in Alaska (Alaska has a large population of eastern orthodox immigrants and now second-generation members, due to its proximity to Russia).

I've spent hours in the past writing about this sort of tragedy on the internet. Is it so important to get somewhere quickly--that you would risk your life willingly?
Here is the article about those lost in the aforementioned crash, from FNC.

A few years ago in Southern New Jersey, a woman entered her garage and found a limb from a small-plane passenger on top of her car. There were several houses laid to waste in that accident. Luckily, no one on the ground was injured. That's not always the case, as private property and human life are often destroyed by such crashes.


About ten years ago, a whole Princeton family, and their children who lived in Colorado, was killed flying in the Caribbean. The pilot was the father--somoene whom I knew; his wife was spared because she did not go on the flight. People in two states were devastated over the lost family and friends.

Why do I have such interest in the field of flight? My father has been an aerospace professional for 55 years, and has two patents on landing signal systems. Most of his work has involved designing space and defense projects. In his own words, my father's "fingerprints are all over the Space Station fix".

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How Did the Clintons Commemorate January 17th, Martin Luther King's Birthday?


By attempting to trash an accomplished man of African heritage; a man who has overcome many obstacles, a high-quality human being whose shoes they are not fit to shine: Senator Barack Obama

Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Tuesday, 15 January 2008

2007's Top Names for Newborns in Sweden




Top Ten Girls' Names (Previous year's placing in parentheses, followed by 2007 total):

1. Vilma (7) - 8122
Maja (2) - 7763
Ella (11) - 7644
Julia (3) - 7325
Emma (1) - 7286
Ida (6) - 6847
Ebba (13) - 6798
Linnea (8) - 6789
Alice (10) - 67510
Alva (5) - 659


Boys' Names Remained More Traditional than Those of Girls
Top Ten Boy's Names (Previous year's placing in parentheses, followed by 2007 total):

1. William (3) - 1,0092

2. Elias (4) - 9013

3. Oskar (2) - 8994

4. Lukas (1) - 8975
5. Hugo (6) - 7896
6. Viktor (7) - 7647

7.Erik (12) - 7568

8.Filip (5) - 7429

9.Emil (10) - 72210

10.Anton (8) - 710

Elegant Survival in Aspen

Elegant Survival
Report from Aspen


Downtown Aspen at Dusk, in May 2008. Photo copyright M-J
Looking down at Aspen from hill above downtown, where the grand Bass house is, and above my husband's old house.
Photo copyright M-J
Inside a "Grand Cottage" at L'Auberge d'Aspen, which is in town.
Photo copyright M-J
Photo copyright M-J
The bedroom, with preserved copies of The Denver Post, from the 1920s.
Photo copyright M-J
Kitchenette, Complete with Stove-Top, Refrigerator, Microwave Oven, Cooking and Serving Utensils. Photo copyright M-J
Side Street Downtown Aspen with Firetruck. Photo copyright M-J
Photo copyright M-J
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View from Kitchenette Door, in L'Auberge d'Aspen Grand Cottage
Photo copyright M-J
Surprise: We Saw an Informative Film about Master Shirtmaker Alexander Kabbaz on Our Television! Photo copyright M-J2008
Photo copyright M-J

For about a hundred dollars a night, you can rent a cottage at L'Auberge d'Aspen,
(435 W Main St,Aspen, CO 81611 (888) 649-5982)
before the high summer season begins. This rustic and charming cottage looks like it was decorated by Ralph Lauren. It has a huge bathroom with whirlpool tub, and plenty of drawers under the counter for your things. There is a kitchenette between the living room and bedroom, complete with stove and small refrigerator. Air conditioning/heating units are in the living room and bedroom, with remote controls. Those rooms also have excellent ceiling fans. You park right next to your door, where unloading the vehicle is so convenient. In the living room, there's a television and stereo sitting on top of a chiffarobe-armoire, which contains hanging space for your shirts, as well as a mini-ironing board and an iron. The bathroom has a built-in hairdryer. The bedroom has a full closet and large chest of drawers. We consider it a luxury to be self-sufficient on a trip--to not have to depend on restaurants, so we shopped at City Market and cooked our own breakfasts. Click the photos for a closer view of the cottage.

Speaking of luxury, if you'd like to be pampered, the new St. Regis Hotel in Aspen has off-season accomodations starting at $200.00 a night.

M-J Having Coffee (husband is taking photo) at the Gorgeous St. Regis Resort in Downtown Aspen. Photo copyrightM-J


The St. Regis Resort Hotel, Aspen, Colorado--Photo Courtesy of the Hotel
(all other photos on this page are by M-J de Mesterton)


My Prediction of Last Week Has Come True


Watch the Clinton Lynch-Mob....

(What a classic no-brainer!)

Sunday, 13 January 2008

Lee Atwater


Lee Atwater and R&B Music
As a teenager in Columbia, South Carolina, Atwater played guitar in his own rock band, The Upsetters Revue. His special love was R&B music. Even at the height of his political power he would often play concerts in clubs and church basements, solo or with B.B. King, in the Washington, DC area. He released an album called "Red, Hot And Blue" on Curb Records, featuring himself with Carla Thomas, Isaac Hayes, Sam Moore, Chuck Jackson, and B.B. King, who got co-billing with Atwater. Robert Hilburn wrote about the album in the April 5, 1990 issue of the Los Angeles Times: "The most entertaining thing about this ensemble salute to spicy Memphis-style '50s and '60s R & B is the way it lets you surprise your friends. Play a selection such as 'Knock on Wood' or 'Bad Boy' for someone without identifying the singer, then watch their eyes bulge when you reveal that it's the controversial national chairman of the Republican Party... Lee Atwater."

It's PUNDIT; NOT "PUNDANT"!


Have I made myself clear?


Addendum, January 15th: If you cannot speak the language, you ought not to be broadcasting! This applies to Bret Baer, Sean Hannity, and a whole host of others who repeatedly and chronically mispronounce "pundit" as "pundant"! What sort of an example are you setting for young people and others who are learning to speak the English language? Since you are paid big bucks to do so, at least get it RIGHT!
And, Mr. Limbaugh: in 1992, I wrote to you suggesting that you correct your chronic mispronunciation of the word, "anathema". You are still saying "unethema"! That's not a word.
To Be Continued....
UPDATE, January 16th: Sean Hannity opened his radio show today with "pundant" in his first paragraph. That's not a word.

Thursday, 10 January 2008

President Theodore Roosevelt


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Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Watch the Clinton Lynch-Mob...


...as they try to stop the brilliant Black behemoth, Senator Barack Obama. He dwarfs Hillary Clinton in character, brains, communication-skills, and charm. His speech after just barely losing the New Hampshire caucus to Senator Clinton was natural, full of ideas and exciting. Sen. Clinton's "victory" speech was stiff, pedantic, and read haltingly from a script. I nicknamed her "Hitlery" back in the 1990s because of her demagogic style of speaking--shouting out a phrase and waiting for applause; yelling out a cliché, pausing to read the next line, accepting a bit of applause and pretending that she's being interrupted by it and then repeating what she just said, and waiting for the applause once more. The old (and mouldy) Clinton team of vicious crackers (remember their "Jes' drag a dollah bill through a trailah park") and unwitting Yankee accomplices will be back in action soon, trying to white-wash Mrs. Clinton and tar Senator Obama. Apparently, Ms. Clinton showed some emotion yesterday in a moment of desperation for whatever reason--either it was calculated or wrought from weakness, and since this stuffed suit had rarely shown a sign of humanity, suddenly she gained some loyalty. She won this day's election by three percentage-points--just enough to get the old mob back in action. New Hampshire ain't America, though--it's just a tiny Yankee state with a lot of brainwashed college students who will stop at nothing to elect a woman as president--for all the wrong reasons.

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Russian Tragedy, Later Exploited by Murderous Bolsheviks

(The piece above is from today's freewebs news dictionary, which always appears at the bottom of this page)

Were the Bolshies more concerned about human welfare than political advantage then than they are now? I'm wondering....




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M-J's Movie Recommendation: Mr. Bean's Holiday

Photo M-J de M.
Hilarious, well-done and filmed near us in France. Emma de Caunes is wonderful, and her father, Antoine de Caunes, a French tv personality, makes a cameo appearance.
Scenic and wholesome, the film has some very clever gags, including a send-up of Hollywood egotists. Beautiful music, especially Charles Trenet singing La Mer. I won't give away any more details, in order to not spoil the discovery for you. Mr. Bean's Holiday is on pay-per-view now; I intend to watch it again soon. Starring Rowan Atkinson (Black Adder), a wonderful little boy named Max Baldry, Mlle. de Caunes, and features Willem Dafoe....

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Monday, 7 January 2008

People in Small Planes Dropping Like Flies from the Skies

The Latest Incident, Los Angeles; January 20th

Small Plane Crash in Florida Kills Five

Taking yourself out this way is one thing, but destroying property and uninvolved people on the ground is quite another....

We hear about these incidents way too often. Not only luminaries like JFK Jr. and Senator Wellstone do it, but those of whom we've never heard--good people who are trusting, and whose faith in the process is based on very little reality when it comes to traveling with amateur pilots in little private planes. The latest tragedy is a group of dissident Russian Orthodox people in Alaska (Alaska has a large population of eastern orthodox immigrants and now second-generation members, due to its proximity to Russia).

I've spent hours in the past writing about this sort of tragedy on the internet. Is it so important to get somewhere quickly--that you would risk your life willingly?
Here is the article about those lost in the aforementioned crash, from FNC.

A few years ago in Southern New Jersey, a woman entered her garage and found a limb from a small-plane passenger on top of her car. There were several houses laid to waste in that accident. Luckily, no one on the ground was injured. That's not always the case, as private property and human life are often destroyed by such crashes.

Why do I have such interest in the field of flight? My father has been an aerospace professional for 55 years, and has two patents on landing signal systems. Most of his work has involved designing space and defense projects as a weight engineer.

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Sunday, 6 January 2008

El Dia de Los Tres Reyes Magos...

...Three Kings Day--Epiphany is today.

This is a page from my old childhood book. The painting is by Fray Juan Bautista Maino. Click on photo to enlarge image.

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Family Tragedy for John of Iberian Notes...

...perhaps precipitated by the health-care system in Spain.
Sympathy and prayers go out to them.

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Saturday, 5 January 2008

Her Majesty Queen Rania al-Abdullah of Jordan


Read about her diplomatic speech, and watch it on video.
The Royal Hashemite Kingdom maintains its customary tasteful goodwill in a new era. In this speech, Her Majesty talks about corporate social responsibility, personal social responsibility, and cross-cultural understanding. She is a born diplomat with a talent for bridging cultural differences in a comprehensive, affable and delicate way. In this world of ever-coarsening human relations and dialogue, Her Majesty Queen Rania al-Abdullah of Jordan is a very brave and well-motivated woman; her themes and attitudes are a refreshing change. Now, if only the sort of change that she speaks of would begin to occur.

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The YouTube link I had here earlier has been deleted from my post because of the illiterate, ill-willed comments just under it on the youtube site. They are a good example of what needs to change.

Boeing Deal Could Send One Billion Dollars Worth of Work to India

Article

The deal was signed on December 20th. Business Article

Boeing Photograph Store

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Thursday, 3 January 2008

Is the Republican Party Bent on Self-Destruction?


Governor Huckabee is not a winner, no matter what the Iowa Caucus results. It's just plain crazy to pick him as the nominee. Being both a Christian fundamentalist preacher and wishy-washy on issues makes him a potential clone of President Jimmy Carter.

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